Sherlock Holmes Society of London
The first issue of The Sherlockian was published by Magico in 1986. Intended as a regular independent journal, like Baker Street Miscellanea or The Sherlock Holmes Review, it folded after five issues, but there was good material there: articles, stories and poems from distinguished commentators, such as Catherine Cooke, David Stuart Davies, Michael Hardwick, Denis O Smith and the editor, Kelvin Jones — as well as the less celebrated, including Robert F Fleissner, George Cleve Haynes, Grant Healy, A Godfrey Hunt and, er, me. Contributions by all these are reprinted in this book, along with newer offerings by Ray Betzner, Wendy Heyman-Marsaw, David Marcum, Barbara Rusch, and others. (Glen Miranker’s name appears on the back cover, though there’s nothing by him inside.)
I could wish I’d had the chance to help with editing The New Sherlockian, particularly the layout. Nevertheless, there’s much here to enjoy and to ponder over. I am very pleased to have contributed to this book.
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The Sherlockian, the magazine that the indefatigable Holmesian, Kelvin I. Jones, edited in the mid-1980s for publication by Magico Magazine, is re-published in one volume. New material includes essays and stories by leading Sherlockians in the UK, USA and Canada. Contributors included in the original, and now much sought after, editions included the renowned radio writer, Michael Hardwick, Godfrey Hunt, Michael Kean, Catherine Cooke, crime writer David Stuart Davies, and that doyen of pastiche writers, Denis O Smith, George Cleve Haynes, Kelvin I Jones and the present editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, Roger Johnson. This new enlarged version features additional material by such luminaries as Glen Miranka (the world's biggest Doyle/Holmes collector), Wendy Heyman Warsaw (Canada), Glen Harris et al. This bumper edition is a great delight for the followers of Mr Sherlock Holmes.